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AMPAS Governors Awards Red Carpet Limited Because Of California Wildfires

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has decided to “scale back” its Sunday red carpet event at the Governors Awards because of the devastating wildfires in California. “In light of the tragic wildfires burning through California, we have decided to scale back our red carpet at the Governors Awards this year, making it exclusively photos only,” said an AMPAS spokesperson. “The dinner and ceremony will continue in order to honor the achievements of these artists… Read

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Stacey Abrams Concedes In Georgia Governor Race, Blames Voter Suppression

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Democrat Stacey Abrams on Friday ended her efforts to become Georgia’s next governor, but used her final speech on the contest to bitterly complain about voter suppression in the state. Abrams, who received heavy backing from Hollywood in her bid to become the nation’s first black female governor, detailed a litany of voter issues. She said citizens who tried to vote were denied their constitutional rights because polling places were understaffed, shut down, and were… Read

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Judge Postpones Ruling In CNN Bid To Restore Jim Acosta’s White House Badge

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Jim Acosta will have to wait another day to find out if he’s getting his White House press credentials back immediately. Judge Timothy Kelly was set to bring everyone back into DC District Court on Thursday at 3 PM ET to announce his decision whether to grant a temporary restraining order, one day after CNN and the DOJ spent two hours pitching their sides to Kelly. Now it’s been put off until 10 AM ET on Friday. “Frankly I have no idea what that means,” CNN’s media guru… Read

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Donald Trump Claims “Hardship” In CNN Suit To Restore Jim Acosta’s WH Pass

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No way, no how and not now is the unsurprising summation of Donald Trump and the White House's response to CNN's lawsuit filed yesterday to have Jim Acosta's press credentials restored. “Plaintiffs fail to reckon with the extraordinarily intrusive nature of the judicial relief they seek—a decree ordering the President to grant access to facilities in his official residence and personal offices to a specific journalist he has decided to exclude,” said a filing by Trump… Read

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Cine Sony, NALIP Team For Short Film Competition Aimed At Fresh Talent

A new short film competition for aspiring filmmakers is being launched by Cine Sony and the National Assn. of Latino Independent Producers (NALIP) as part of the ongoing diversity and inclusion program at the studio. Voces Nuevas is open to aspiring filmmakers residing in the US and age 18 and over. Entries will be accepted through January 31, 2019 for short films from two to 20 minutes in length. Judges reviewing submissions include actor and co-founder of Cinestar… Read

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‘SNL’ And Weekend Update Take On The Jim Acosta/White House Battle

One of the big stories of the week was the confrontation at the White House between CNN reporter Jim Acosta and President Donald Trump, whose intern was aggressively trying to take back the microphone held by Acosta while he asked a series of aggressive press conference questions. Naturally, SNL’s Weekend Update news segment with Michael Che and Colin Jost couldn’t let the moment pass without comment. So it was that the White House Press intern in question (played by… Read

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Facebook Donates To American Red Cross – Entertainment Industry Foundation Seeks Fire-Relief Donations

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UPDATE: Facebook will donate $250k to the American Red Cross to help those affected by the California wildfires.  The social media service has also activated its “Safety Check” feature for the Camp Fire and Woolsey Fire. People looking to help those impacted by the fires can also visit the Facebook “Crisis Response” pages to donate to relief efforts, create a fundraiser, or offer help. You can find the crisis response page for the Read

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Chip & Joanna Gaines Planning Return To TV, Will Create New Branded Network

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Discovery has confirmed it is in exclusive talks with Chip and Joanna Gaines to return to television in an expanded role that includes their own branded network. The husband and wife team took a time-out after their ultra-popular HGTV show Fixer Upper ended. A new baby was added to the family, and the duo took some downtime after a whirlwind rise that saw them add products and new businesses that went far beyond merely renovating homes. There had been rumors of a talk… Read

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Fox News Calls For “Inclusive” Dialogue After Tucker Carlson’s Home Attacked

In what may come as a surprise to some, Fox News' CEO and President today are advocating a dampening of the media volume after protesters set on intimidation showed up outside Tucker Carlson's DC home last night. "The incident that took place at Tucker's home last night was reprehensible,” said Suzanne Scott and Jay Wallace on Thursday following chanting members of Smash Racism DC screaming “we know where you sleep at night!” on the FNC host’s front lawn on Wednesday eveni… Read

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Arkansas Man Arrested For “Terroristic Threats” Against CNN

An Arkansas man was arrested Tuesday after allegedly making more than 40 harassing phone calls to CNN including death threats against at least one CNN journalist. Benjamin Craig Matthews, 39, of Mountain Home, Arkansas, was arrested on five felony counts of terroristic threatening, nine misdemeanor counts of harassing communications and four misdemeanor counts of second-degree terroristic threatening. John F. Montgomery of the Baxter County Sheriff's Office’s… Read

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Twitter Suspends Account Of Group That Protested Outside Tucker Carlson Home

Twitter has suspended the account of the self-identified anti-fascist group Smash Racism D.C. after members of the group protested and chanted outside the home of Fox News Channel anchor Tucker Carlson. The group later posted video of the home protest online. “Racist scumbag, leave town!,” the protesters can be heard chanting. Carlson later told Fox News that the group broke his door, with one protester mentioning a pipe bomb. The Tucker Carlson Tonight host and father of… Read

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CNN’s Jim Acosta Denied White House Entry After Trump Presser Dust-Up

Hours after a harsh on-air confrontation between the President of the United States and Jim Acosta, the CNN reporter has been “suspended” from the White House “until further notice.” That’s a de facto banning that Press Secretary Sarah Sanders says is because of the way the longtime Trump foil interacted with a White House intern during the post-midterm elections press conference "President Trump believes in a free press and expects and welcomes tough questions of him… Read